We've seen first-hand the damage and harm inflicted by Covid-19 on people in contact with the criminal justice system and the organisations that support them. This, combined with large scale changes in the criminal justice policy and operating environment, has resulted in a trying and turbulent year and a half.
But organisations and individuals have demonstrated strength, adaptability and resilience. Together we're taking steps towards a bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel. At this critical moment, there are opportunities for voluntary organisations in the criminal justice system to not only recover, but to learn from how services have adapted, build on new ways of working, and ultimately shape a better future for the people we support.
We have the chance to address longstanding, systemic problems facing the criminal justice system and the people within it. The Black Lives Matter movement has shone increased light on structural and institutional racism. The probation reforms have provided new challenges and opportunities for voluntary organisations. Building on our solid foundations, piece-by-piece we can construct a post-pandemic future with a fairer criminal justice system that utilises the vast expertise and diversity of voluntary organisations, treating them as equal partners. One where organisations not only survive but thrive.
A chance to form connections and learn from each other
To make sure that as many people as possible can make the most of our annual conference, this year we are spreading the event, including our Annual General Meeting (AGM), over three days. We hope you can join for the whole conference, and you have the option to attend flexibly around your other commitments.
Our annual conference is packed full of workshops, talks and panel discussions, with the chance to hear from key policy makers and voluntary sector leaders. Speakers will be announced in October.
The three-day conference will include our AGM, where you can comment on Clinks' work and our priorities for the year ahead. As well as allowing us to carry out business that is vital to the running of the charity, our AGM is also the place for members to exercise the right to elect our trustees, and a chance to discuss the issues that matter to you as a member.
We know how much you value being able to come together, spend time with your colleagues from across the criminal justice system and form new connections. There haven't been many opportunities to do this over the past year. So take this chance to connect, learn and work towards building a better future together.
Would you like to run a workshop?
As always, we invite submissions from Clinks members who wish to run a workshop at our annual conference. If you would like to deliver a workshop, please complete this form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17th September.